Australia Day

26 January 2015

157 days to go

Professor David Tudehope AM

Professor David Tudehope AM


Paediatric specialist in newborn care

David Tudehope was Director of Newborn Services at Brisbane’s Mater Mothers Hospital from 1977–2008 and has been Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health at University of Queensland since 2000.

David’s enthusiasm, dedication, leadership, and vision have steered Mater Mothers Hospitals’ Neonatology Division into becoming the largest neonatal intensive and special care nurseries in the Southern Hemisphere. As well as setting up the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit 30 years ago, David pioneered the transportation of sick and premature newborns from all over Queensland and established the multidisciplinary follow-up of cohorts of high risk infants.

A distinguished clinician and author, David has saved many young lives and as Professor in Neonatal Paediatrics at the University of Queensland, conducted research into outcomes of high risk infants and neonatal hearing, sepsis and haematology and encouraged others to explore new neonatal technologies. He has been Editor of the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health since 1994 and, in 1999, was made a member of the Order of Australia for his services to perinatal medicine.

He inspires those around him with his positive spirit, ever-present smile, compassion and enthusiasm for training doctors in Brisbane and overseas as highly skilled professionals in this crucial medical specialty.